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Culture, The Exhibitionist The Moor’s Last Sigh in Red Velvet

The Moor’s Last Sigh in Red Velvet

At one point in Lolita Chakrabarti’s play Red Velvet, a white actor reads the N-word aloud. Even though he recites it from a newspaper article and isn’t using the word himself, the audience uttered audible “ohs”. The theatre critic who…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Director Susi Damilano drives SF Playhouse's production of On Clover Road

Director Susi Damilano drives SF Playhouse's production of On Clover Road

You're about to enter a world of opposing factions, false prophets and questioned beliefs — and you don't know who to trust. No, this isn't the presidential primaries. It's the rolling world premiere of Steven Dietz thriller On Clover Road,…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Actor Louis Parnell plays out our virtual insanity in The Nether

Actor Louis Parnell plays out our virtual insanity in The Nether

In San Francisco, one can easily imagine a future where everyone is completely immersed in technology, because it's already happening all around us.  Whether on smartphones or desktops, playing video games or checking social media, emailing or texting, it's…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist <i>Dogfight</i>, a River Phoenix Movie, Comes to the SF Playhouse As a Musical

Dogfight, a River Phoenix Movie, Comes to the SF Playhouse As a Musical

For actor, director, and playwright Michael Gene Sullivan, all theater is political — either upholding the status quo or  hallenging it. He also happens to love musicals, saying that language is by nature intellectual, but music adds another layer of…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Lila Rose Kaplan Based <i>1 2 3</i> on Her Connection to Domestic Terrorism

Lila Rose Kaplan Based 1 2 3 on Her Connection to Domestic Terrorism

For a long time, Lila Rose Kaplan has been thinking about the story that became her latest play, 1 2 3. At a playwriting workshop in Los Angeles, when the teacher asked participants to list five stories they felt they…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Examining Marriage in Sondheim's Iconic <i>Company</i>

Examining Marriage in Sondheim's Iconic Company

Playing the lead of Robert or Bobby in Stephen Sondheim’s Company was both a dream come true and a stretch, says actor and dancer Keith Pinto. In Company, which won seven Tony Awards in 1970 and was considered something…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Reality TV and the Drive to Succeed, in "Trouble Cometh"

Reality TV and the Drive to Succeed, in "Trouble Cometh"

With income inequality growing, Richard Dresser says we’re all surrounded by great wealth as well as poverty and homelessness. Politicians don’t even talk about the middle class anymore, he points out, just about “hard-working Americans.” He wanted to explore…
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A Bold and Hilarious Take on Chekhov

Playwright and director Aaron Posner describes his play, “Stupid Fucking Bird,” as much more personal than other ones he’s done, such as adaptations of Chaim Potok’s “My Name is Asher Lev” and “The Chosen,” or Ken Kesey’s “Sometimes a Great…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist "Tree" at SF Playhouse Takes On Race and Family

"Tree" at SF Playhouse Takes On Race and Family

Growing up white, in a fairly segregated small town in southern Louisiana, Julie Hébert and her family were friendly with everyone on their block, including the black families. But she was aware that somehow there were different rules.  “Race…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Video Game Designer and Playwright Aaron Loeb Draws From Life for His New Work: "Ideation"

Video Game Designer and Playwright Aaron Loeb Draws From Life for His New Work: "Ideation"

Sitting in a conference room at the San Francisco-based Kabam, where he’s a senior vice president, Aaron Loeb talks about the similarities between his jobs designing video games and writing plays. “I love both my careers,” he says. “They’re more…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist "Seminar" at the SF Playhouse Deals with Writers' Fragile Egos

"Seminar" at the SF Playhouse Deals with Writers' Fragile Egos

Director and San Jose State theater professor Amy Glazer is beyond enthusiastic about her latest project, Theresa Rebeck's "Seminar," which opens at the San Francisco Playhouse today. "To work on a jewel of a play with a writer I…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist A Non-Conformist, Anti-Hero Grabs the Spotlight in "Jerusalem"

A Non-Conformist, Anti-Hero Grabs the Spotlight in "Jerusalem"

In "Jerusalem," Jez Butterworth's Tony and Olivier winning play, Brian Dykstra enjoys occupying the role of Johnny "Rooster" Byron, a former motorcycle daredevil, now living in a falling apart mobile home in the woods of England, where he's energetically…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist "Storefront Church" is the Last in John Patrick's Trilogy on Church and State

"Storefront Church" is the Last in John Patrick's Trilogy on Church and State

Along with winning a Tony and a Pulitzer for his play, "Doubt," and an Oscar for the screenplay of Moonstruck, John Patrick Shanley has another honor that means a lot to him -- a street named after him in…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist <i>Grounded</i>: Drone Pilot Drives Home From War Every Night

Grounded: Drone Pilot Drives Home From War Every Night

To play the role of a fighter pilot who gets sent to a trailer outside Las Vegas to fly drones, Lauren English read everything she could about women in combat and post-traumatic stress disorder; watched numerous documentaries about war; visited…
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Culture, Stage Heartbreak of Regularness: Neil LaBute Spreads the Pain

Heartbreak of Regularness: Neil LaBute Spreads the Pain

Reasons to Be Pretty, which opens this weekend at San Francisco Playhouse, is written by a man and follows a male character, yet its subject is womanhood, at least as our society defines it: how a woman's beauty is perceived,…
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Culture, Stage Locked In: Magic Theatre and SF Playhouse Break Cycles

Locked In: Magic Theatre and SF Playhouse Break Cycles

In the Magic Theatre's "rolling world premiere" production of Se Llama Cristina, written by Octavio Solis and directed by Loretta Greco, set designer Andrew Boyce so meticulously renders a landscape of poverty that, watching it, you feel cockroaches crawling on…
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Calendar, Night&Day Doolittle, Too Late

Doolittle, Too Late

The most salient status symbols in the London of My Fair Lady aren’t walking sticks and pocket watches but diphthongs and fricative H’s. In the Lerner and Loewe musical, norms of speech are so codified by class that phonetics professor…
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Calendar, Night&Day Minimalism to the Max

Minimalism to the Max

"A country road. A tree. Evening." So go the opening stage directions of Samuel Beckett's Waiting for Godot, one of the most important plays of the 20th century. But if the set description seems minimal, Tides Theatre's interpretation of them…
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Calendar, Night&Day Family, Meet Train Wreck

Family, Meet Train Wreck

Becky Shaw is like a two-hour greatest hits album ... for a soap opera. Have a favorite cliché of the genre? You'll probably find it somewhere in Gina Gionfriddo's careening script. There's a well-to-do family that, upon the death of…
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Culture, Stage "Becky Shaw": SF Playhouse Finds Pleasure in Soapy Pain

"Becky Shaw": SF Playhouse Finds Pleasure in Soapy Pain

Becky Shaw, a regional premiere now at SF Playhouse, is like a two-hour greatest hits album ... for a soap opera. Have a favorite cliché of the genre? You'll probably find it somewhere in Gina Gionfriddo's careening script. There's a…
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